On July 5, 1989, a film was released that would change the face of American cinema forever. A masterpiece of vibrant visuals and magnificently understated performances by actors at the peak of their profession, the film is a relentless takedown of the superficiality and greed of the 1980s, all told through the eyes of a pair of outsiders who are drawn into a harrowing life-and-death affair beyond their control.
That film is Weekend at Bernie’s, and this weekend, the world celebrates the 25th anniversary of this cinematic gem.
The female lead in the film is Catherine Mary Stewart, who brought her signature sweetness and charm to the role of Gwen Saunders, the love interest of Jonathan Silverman. A veteran of stage and screen, Stewart was raised in Edmonton and moved to London to study dance at the age of 18. In 1979, she landed a role in The Apple, a futuristic rock musical that, in the years since its release, has acquired a substantial cult following.